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The Naropa University Archive Project is preserving and providing access to over 5000 hours of recordings made at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The library was developed under the auspices of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (the university's Department of Writing and Poetics) founded in 1974 by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. It contains readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and workshops conducted at Naropa by many of the leading figures of the U....



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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Part two of a two part series in which Allen Ginsberg discusses the life and work of Jack Kerouac in relation to himself and other figures of the literary scene. Includes some readings from Kerouac's piece entitled, "Vanity of Duluoz." This is part 2 of 2.
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by Ginsberg, Allen; Ginsberg, Allen
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The first tape in a two part series which is a class taught by Allen Ginsberg. Subject matter includes the life and work of Jack Kerouac. This is part 1 of 2.
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by Burroughs, William S.
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Second half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on creative reading. The lecture mentions a wide variety of authors, including Alistair Crowley, Paul Bowles, and many others. The class also discusses science fiction, non-fiction, general semantics, scriptwriting, cloning, rotten ectoplasm, and judgment in cut-ups, as well as Burroughs's novel, The Soft Machine. (Continued from 79p043.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature, reality mapping
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by Burroughs, William S.
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First half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on creative reading. The lecture mentions a wide variety of authors, including Alistair Crowley, Paul Bowles, and many others. The class also discusses science fiction, non-fiction, general semantics, scriptwriting, cloning, rotten ectoplasm, and judgment in cut-ups, as well as Burroughs's novel, The Soft Machine. (Continues on 79p044.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature, reality mapping
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by Collom, Jack; Henderson, David; Waldman, Anne; Zamora, Daisy
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Continued from 04P015 this panel of PoEthics, recorded June 7, 2004 during the Summer Writing Program at Naropa, is mostly a question and answer period. Topics covered include, Poets Against the War, poetry in capitolism, the state of American values, and motivation to keep writing. This is part 2 of 2.
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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A class about the history of poetry, in a series of classes by Allen Ginsberg in 1975. Ginsberg discusses the work of Ezra Pound, 18th and 19th century poetics, and sound and rhythm in poetry. Ginsberg reads poetry selections, followed by a class discussion. (Continues on 75P008)
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by Burroughs, William S.
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First half of a workshop with William S. Burroughs comparing his works to those of Jack Kerouac, discussing their writing techniques. Burroughs provides biographical information on where the two met and their relationship. He also discusses what it means to be a writer and how many people are not writers even though they claim to be and have published work. Burroughs responds to questions about his relationship with Kerouac, dreams, and his own literary influences. This workshop took place...
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by Creeley, Robert; Ginsberg, Allen
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First half of a lecture by Robert Creeley on the imagination of procedure with advice on Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Robert Duncan, Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, Robert Frost, and Louis Zukofsky. Also included in this lecture are readings from Pound, Whitman, and Creeley's own works. Allen Ginsberg adds to the lecture by posing a specific question to Creeley about Whitman and Charles Olson. (Continues on 86p022.) Keywords: New American Poetry, objectivist poetry, Black Mountain School, art...
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by Brownstein, Michael; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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An Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg poetry reading. Waldman reads "Fast Speaking Woman" and other poems. Ginsberg reads "Howl" in its entirety, and other poems.
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Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, feminist poetry, beat movement, political poetry
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by Randall, Margaret; Zamora, Daisy
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Margaret Randall Workshop continued from 90P065 which discsusses the idea of separating the dichotomy in political action. She mentions Ruth Hubbard's "The Politics of Women's Biology" and how the environment is not a split cause, but a global one that adjoins to politics. Daisy Zamora then talks to the class about the ongoing struggle in Nicaragua under Violeta Chamorro and the Agency of International Development and the involvement of the United States.
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by Burroughs Jr. , William S.; Burroughs, William S.
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A William S. Burroughs, Sr. and William S. Burroughs, Jr. reading. The reading displays a contrast between William S. Burroughs Jr.'s writings and the writings of his father, William S. Burroughs, Sr. William S. Burroughs Jr. reads a series of short poems and plays the harmonica, followed by William S. Burroughs Sr. reading from his then unpublished work, The Gay Gun. (Continues on 79P104)
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Allen Ginsberg discusses early 20th century French modernism, focusing on the poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire and Jules Laforgue, and the paintings of Paul Cezanne and the Cubists.
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Topics: beat movement, protest poetry, literature and society, technology and literature
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by Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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First half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. The discussion includes rules for wishing, the dogma of science, L. Ron Hubbard, The Big Lie, and sympathetic magic. The class also includes a question and answer session covering subjects such as memory, Henry Miller, dreams in writing, and defining the soul. (Continues on 86p002.) Keywords: beat movement, magic and poetry, mysticism and literature, science and literature, consciousness and literature
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by Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen
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Allen Ginsberg class with William Burroughs. Ginsberg begins by reading from Burroughs's work, including his book Nova Express. Burroughs arrives and discusses writing techniques, including the idea that "Life is a cut up." He also talks about why he became a writer, Laurie Anderson, rolling drunks, biological warfare, weapons and retreats. The class learns some exercises for observing details while walking down the street.
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Allen Ginsberg class on steps of revising autobiographical poems. The class includes readings of Hart Crane and Percy Shelley and discussions about Gregory Corso, Basil Bunting, and Ezra Pound. The class also includes discussions and reviews of student work.
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Topics: New American Poetry, modernist poetry, romantic poetry, autobiography, beat movement, objectivist
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by Allen Ginsberg
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Allen Ginsberg presents a class on "Spiritual Poetics." Ginsberg discusses the influence of haiku on the Beats and the relative merits of tape recorders and notebooks for writing poetry. He then reads and comments on selections from the Collected Earlier Poems of William Carlos Williams. (Continued on 74P003). This is part 1 of 3.
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First half of an Allen Ginsberg workshop for On the road: The Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute. Ginsberg discusses word choices, vividness, juxtaposition, sound, epics, the concept of "first thought, best thought" and Buddhism. (Continues on 82P316B)
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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A literature class taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institute, April 14, 1980. Ginsberg and class read and discuss the poetry of Hart Crane, George Herbert, Henry King and Dylan Thomas. Ginsberg also speaks extensively about the notions of condensation, vision and meter. This is class 23 of 33.
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A lecture on documentary poetry and cultural poetics by Alan Gilbert. The lecture includes music and ends with a question and answer period. [by Ann] Alan Gilbert lectures on art, literature, and culture. He discusses works of art as social documentary, alleging that all art is site specific, all cultures are hybrid, and works of art have different effects in different contexts. He uses Walker Evans's photographs, Harry Smith's recordings of folk music, Anselm Hollo's poem High plains drifting...
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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The 19 in a series of a baisic poetics class taught by Allen Ginsberg in 1980 at Naropa. In this class he uses A Litany in Time of Plague by Thomas Nashe to discuss cadence and description in poetry. Other poets discussed in this context are Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, Louis Zukofsky, and William Carlos Williams whose essay on Alfred Steiglitz is read in class. He ends with a brief comment on Marianne Moore's use of Light Rhymes. This is class 18 of 33.
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by Burroughs, William S.
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End of a class with William S. Burroughs, finishing with a question and answer session with Burroughs responding to remarks about women, non-referential images, non-linear thinking, and telepathy. (Continued from 76p020-021.) Keywords: Beat Movement, Experimental Writing, Aural Poetry, Consciousness and Literature
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Second half of a workshop with William S. Burroughs comparing his works to those of Jack Kerouac, discussing their writing techniques. Burroughs provides biographical information on where the two met and their relationship. He also discusses what it means to be a writer and how many people are not writers even though they claim to be and have published work. Burroughs responds to questions about his relationship with Kerouac, dreams, and his own literary influences. This workshop took place...
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First half of a poetry reading at Naropa Institute with Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Amiri Baraka, and Steven Taylor performing songs. Ginsberg reads "Howl" and "Footnote to Howl." Taylor sings "The virus will take one in ten" and "As I walked out one morning." Waldman reads "May I speak thus" and other poems. Baraka reads "The mind of the president," "The best kept secret," "Masked angel costume," "Changes...
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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A reading by Allen Ginsberg performing William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Songs of Innocence includes: "The Shepherd," "The Echoing Green," "The Lamb," "The Little Black Boy," "The Blossom," "The Chimney Sweeper," "The Little Boy Lost," "The Little Boy Found," "Laughing Song," and "Holy Thursday." Songs of Experience includes: "Nurse's Song," "The Sick...
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Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, visionary poetry, performance poetry
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Allen Ginsberg talks about writing techniques. At the beginning of the workshop, he describes the Naropa custom of bowing to begin an event. This workshop took place during the 1982 Jack Kerouac Conference at the Naropa Institute.
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71U031 is part 1 of Gregory Bateson's 1971 lecture on consciousness and psychopathology.
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by Mayer, Bernadette
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Bernadette Mayer gives a lecture in which she talks about her intentions relating to the books she has published to this date. Her overall purpose is to explain the structure and processes she used for putting together her creative books. She reads selections from Utopia and Sonnets, and mentions her two non-fiction prose works, Handbook of poetic forms and Art of sciene writing. The creative books she discusses are: Story, Ceremony Latin 1964, Moving, Memory, Studying hunger, Poetry, Euruditio...
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by Burroughs, William S.
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William S. Burroughs reads from "The Place of Dead Roads" and "The Cat Inside." Keywords: beat movement, experimental writing
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First half of a class by Amiri Baraka on speech, rhythm, sound, and music. The discussion covers Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amos Moore, John Cage, Robert Duncan, T.S. Eliot, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Max Roach, Allen Tate, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and German expressionism. (Continues on 85p087.)
Topics: Sound Poetry, New American Poetry, New York School, political poetry, Black Arts Movement
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The first two classes in a "History of poetry" series by Allen Ginsberg in the summer of 1975, taught by Gregory Corso while Ginsberg was sick. Corso holds the class in a "Socratic" format, allowing the students to ask him questions about anything they wish. He describes his process of editing and shaping a poem, and also talks about his family and relations with members of the Beat generation.
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by diPrima, Diane; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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Second half of a reading by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Diane diPrima. Some of the readings included are Ginsberg's "Stay Away from the White House," "Waldman's "Empty Speech" and diPrima reading from "Revolutionary Letters." (Continued from 74p008.)
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by Coolidge, Clark; Creeley, Robert; Lacy, Steve; Mackey, Nathaniel
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First half of a panel on jazz featuring Clark Coolidge, Steve Lacy, Nathaniel Mackey, and Robert Creeley. Coolidge, who worked as a jazz drummer at one time, begins by reading his piece, "A note on bop." The panelists move on to a discussion of bop as a language, rhythm, the relationship of words to music, and their own experiences with jazz. They also touch briefly on the work of Harry Partch. (Continues on 91P066)
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by Jarnot, Lisa
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Lecture by Lisa Jarnot on the concept of Field Theory. Jarnot cites many artists as instrumental in shaping the concept and the body of work around the concept.
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by Monk, Meredith
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Meredith Monk, composer, singer, director, choreographer, performs Our Lady of Late. Monk's vocals are accompanied by wine glass and percussion.
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by Burroughs, William S.; Giorno, John
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Second half of a William S. Burroughs, Sr. and William S. Burroughs, Jr. reading, with John Giorno. William S. Burroughs finishes his reading from The Gay Gun. Buddhist poet Giorno reads two energetic long poems "Eating the sky," and "Put your ear to stone and open your heart to the sky." The latter presentation is accompanied by a recording of Giorno reading the piece earlier, with the sound effect of a distorted, repeating echo. (Continued from 79P103)
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by Burroughs, William S.
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First half of a class with William S. Burroughs discussing various sources for writing, including dreams, voices (external and internal), and cut-up, giving examples from his own work. Burroughs emphasizes the importance of egolessness to the writer and presents his sources as a means to that end. In the course of the discussion, Burroughs airs many of his ideas about consciousness. There are questions and answers halfway through the session.(Continues on 76P021)
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by Ginsberg, Allen; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne
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Second half of a performance of music and poetry by Steven Taylor, Anne Waldman, and Allen Ginsberg. Waldman performs "Bardo corridor" and other poems. Ginsberg and Taylor sing "Infant joy" and "The Tiger" by William Blake. Ginsberg reads and sings his own work, including "Spot anger" and many others. (Continued from 88P017)
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by Dorn, Ed
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This is the beginning of the second class taught by Ed Dorn in the summer of 1977. In this class the work of JB Jackson is discussed, especially his selected works "Landscape." There are readings of Jackson and Q&A for the class. This is a classroom series 2. This is part 1 of 2.
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by Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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Second half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. This half contains additional commentary by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. Included is a question and answer session that covers the space shuttle Challenger explosion, lucid dreaming, yoga, feminine energy, DNA, the Dalai Lama, and music. Waldman also discusses the ego, rituals, science and why questions, death, birth, mortality, and the bodhisattva. (Continued from 86p001.) Keywords: beat movement,...
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by Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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An Allen Ginsberg class on poetry.with topics including the poetry of Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Hart Crane, and Charles Reznikoff, and the role of consciousness and the senses in modernism.
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Topics: New American Poetry, modernism, beat movement, consciousness and literature
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 18, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act I scene 1 and 2 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores, Aristotle's poetic and dramatic theories, Ezra Pound's four parts of poetry, and Ginsberg's own poetic influences...
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by Wilson, Peter Lamborn
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A Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture on the role of the poet in interpreting archaeology, anthropology, and human pre-history. He encourages poets to get involved in learning about these fields and taking on the task of interpreting the evidence, since scientists are reluctant to draw conclusions about the past. Wilson believes that we should move beyond interdisciplinary studies to what he calls "anti-categorization." During the course of the lecture he outlines some of his own ideas about...
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by Cope, David; Micheline, Jack; Orlovsky, Peter
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This is one of the evening readings of the Kerouac Conference. David Cope reads a selection of poems, they are from a recent book that is published as well as old and new work. Then Jack Micheline reads. I very powerful performance that combines sounds of jazz and his unique way of living. The Orlovsky reads one poem as a favor to the audience. The evening ends.[by Ann] An open reading with David Cope, Jack Micheline, and Peter Orlovsky in a mall in Boulder, Colorado. Cope's selections include...
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by Bateson, Gregory
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Gregory Bateson lectures on "Orders of Change". While acknowledging the difficulties of speaking about change and stability due to the slippery positioning of the "it" of which one is speaking: "it" as existent thing or as "piece of descriptive material." Bateson distinguishes between levels of change, suggesting that more superficial changes serve the function of protecting deeper propositions. This is lecture 2 in a series of lectures. This is part 2 of...
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by Wilson, Peter Lamborn
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A class by Peter Lamborn Wilson including discussion on Hermetic linguistics, Nietzsche's anti-linguistics, The Will to Power, duality, mysticism, John Zerzan's "Elements of Refusal", modernism, avant garde, 17th century poetry, Arthur Rimbaud, Sufi ethnology and linguistics, poet vs. shamans, Plato's cave, and archetypes.
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by Dorn, Ed
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This is the second class in a series taught by Ed Dorn in the summer of 1977. Disscussion and reading of "Gunslinger" Influences on "Gunslinger" Continued discussion and reading of "Gunslinger" Dorn's early experiences in the West. The Drive-away car life and being on the road, pre-Jack Kerouac. Writing "Gunslinger". This is part 2 of 2.
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by Dorn, Ed
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This is the second class in a series taught by Ed Dorn in the summer of 1977. Disscussion and reading of "Gunslinger" Influences on "Gunslinger" Continued discussion and reading of "Gunslinger" Dorn's early experiences in the West. The Dive-away car life and being on the road, pre-Jack Kerouac. Writing "Gunslinger". This is part 1 of 2.
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by diPrima, Diane; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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First half of a reading by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Diane diPrima. Some of the readings included are Waldman's "Fast Speaking Woman," Ginsberg's "A Manifesto," and diPrima's "Loba." (Continues on 74p009.)
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by Waldman, Anne
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A class given by Anne Waldman on the work of Gertrude Stein. Waldman gives background on herself, Stein, and the various artists and cultural influences on Stein's context of twentieth century France.
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by Snyder, Gary
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This August 1983 recording is of Gary Snyder reading in Boulder for the first time since 1972. It is a selection of poetry from his new work "Axe Handles." The commentary between poems reflects his interest im Buddhism and his travelling and anthropological experiences. He comments on the inspirations for some of his written works.
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by Corso, Gregory
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Class instructed by Gregory Corso. The class covers various topics including the Socratic Method, Nero, Masons, the French Revolution, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Roman mythology, Christianity, Post-Roman literature, Milton, and Blake. This is class 3 of 8.
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by Brown, Rebecca; Delany, Samuel R.; Evenson, Brian; Kapil Rider, Bhanu
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A Panel recorded June 22, 2004 during the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University, on Narrative and Identity, Brian Evenson, Chair. Panelists are Samuel R. "Chip" Delaney, Rebecca Brown, and Bhanu Kapil. Topics cover personal identity vs. narrative identity, writing from the other, experimental narrative and experimental identity, structure and identity, code and catagory in identity, stable and unstable identities and narrative. The Panel is followed with a Q&A.
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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This is the second portion of a class on Autobiographical Poetry/Writing. The class begins with Allen Ginsberg (AG) talking about the upcoming protest at Rocky Flats and there is much discussion about logistics. The class then reads from Reznikoff's Volume I and students begin sharing their material. Intermitently during the student readins, Allen provides feedback and gives concrete examples from their respective works on how to condense and improve the immediacy of the writing. Allen then...
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by Padgett, Ron
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First half of a class by Ron Padgett on writing poetry. He separates poetry into two types, that with a plan and that without. He discusses acrostics (a Victorian parlor game), "I remember," and other writing exercises. (Continues on 75p029). Keywords: New American Poetry, New York School
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by Holmes, John Clellon
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John Holmes workshop topics include finding your own voice, education, discussion of poetic truth, and Kerouac's novels and Henry Miller, and Journal keeping[by Ann] John Clellon Holmes teaches a workshop on writing, focusing on fiction and prose. He discusses Kerouac's novels, including Visions of Cody, which Kerouac intended to be a more truthful account of the events that inspired On the road. Holmes also talks about how to find your own voice as a writer, poetic truth, and other aspects of...
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by Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen
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A lecture by William S. Burroughs on public discourse, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. Topics included are nuclear weapons, disarmament, the Equal Rights Amendment, aliens, dreams, function of the artist, mind-altering drugs, reincarnation, space travel, television, and economics. Keywords: beat generation, literature and the state, technology and literature, literature and society, protest literature
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by Taylor, Steven
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First half of a Steven Taylor lecture on songs. The class covers music by a wide range of artists from many different times and cultures. Taylor plays and discusses historic musical styles and forms including Greek drinking songs, music of the troubadors, Elizabethan songs, baroque music, counterpoint American blues, Hank Williams, Matthew Arnold's treatise "Dover Beach" set to music by the Fugs, and Tuli Kupferberg. Taylor finishes talking about musical form, the lifespan of...
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Lecture by Andrei Codrescu focusing on writing and publishing, especially as it relates to his experience in Romania. He discusses publishing with a focus on small presses run by writers. The lecture follows Codrescu's personal history, moving to New York in the 1960s where he encountered the mimeograph as a printing press. The talk continues with the end of the mimeograph era and the beginning of the perfect bound printing methods of the 1980s and the electronic printing technology of the...
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Second half of an Anne Waldman workshop on writing. The class begins with a discussion about what led people to come to the conference. Waldman talks about how she became involved with the Beats and came to Boulder, the founding of Naropa, and Kerouac's influence on the school. She reads and discusses part of an interview with William Carlos Williams, about writing poetry, and selections from Gertrude Stein, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and other poets. Students read their work and Waldman comments and...
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by Sanchez, Sonia; Taylor, Steven; Torres, Edwin; Waldman, Anne; Wellman, Mac
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Opening panel from week four of the 2003 Summer Writing Program. The topic is "Performance and Collaboration." The panel includes Sonia Sanchez, Mac Wellman and Edwin Torres with chair Steven Taylor. Highlights include discussion of the potential of performance and collaboration, Sonia Sanchez on the limiting of labeling performances according to genre and race, Mac Wellman on "the hoax" as a genre of writing, and a discussion of the social responsibility of the poet.
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by Ginsberg, Allen; Whalen, Philip
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First half of a class by Allen Ginsberg on "Spontaneous Poetics." Discussion includes meditation and poetry with William Carlos Williams's "Thursday" as an example. Ginsberg discusses Indian poetry, Paris and Henri Micheaux, William Blake's "Tierza," Gertrude Stein, and political disillusionment. (Continues on 76p076.)
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Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, West Coast poetry, spiritualism and literature, beat...
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First half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing vividness and close observation in writing, particularly the writers who do it, including Walt Whitman, haiku, Jack Kerouac, Reznikoff, Imagists and William Carlos Williams. Ends with Ginsberg reading a poem that was a partial model for "Howl."(Continues on 86p306B.)
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Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, Buddhism, consciousness and literature
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Second half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing the convergence of Walt Whitman and William Blake, negative capability, meditation and clear seeing. Click for first half of Ginsberg's class .
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by Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Waldman, Anne
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First half of a reading with Bobbie Louise Hawkins and Anne Waldman. Hawkins reads from her work "Take love, for instance." Waldman reads "War crimes" followed by performances of "Bardo corridor," and William Blake's "Garden of love," with musical accompaniment by Steven Taylor. (Continues on 02P085)
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by Coolidge, Clark; Creeley, Robert; Tallman, Warren
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Robert Creeley, Warren Tallman, and Clark Coolidge discuss Kerouac's works, including Dr. Sax, Visions of Cody, On the road, Lonesome traveler, and Old angel midnight. At the end, the panel takes questions from the audience.
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First half of an interview and performance by John Cage. He discusses his "Empty words" concert, Henry David Thoreau, modern art, and "Mureau," a work combining music and Thoreau. (Continues on A002B)
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by Aebi, Irene; Lacy, Steve
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First half of a class with Irene Aebi and Steve Lacy discussing the formation of the Art Song Trio. There is discussion about the difficulties of writing music to accompany a poem. Lacy and Aebi illustrate this point using a series called "Nine love songs." A recording from the series titled "You want to know" is played. Several other recordings are played including "I'm out," "Remark," "In the great monotony," "To marry," and...
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A lecture with Joanne Kyger discussing Native American folklore and folklorists, focusing on stories from her native California.
Topics: New American Poetry, West Coast poetry, ecopoetics
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by Burroughs, William S.
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First half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and A Short Trip Home, and Stephen King's The Shining. Burroughs also discusses exercises for increasing awareness, books as mental film, codes of conduct, heroes, and the film of Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch. (Continues on 79p040.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature
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by Charters, Ann; Ginsberg, Allen
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Allen Ginsberg and Ann Charters class discussing and reading from Russian Futurists. Topics include Sergei Esenin's book Confessions of a Hooligan, Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem "A Cloud in trousers," Mayakovsky's biography and prison story, rebellion's relationship to Punk, utopian heroic Communism, linguistic exploration, and Lenin and Trotsky on Russia's $150 million loan.
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This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 20, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act IV scenes 1 through 3 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores and quotes from Elizabethan poets, Calderon's La Vida Es Sueno and Henry King's image of a bubble. This is...
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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This is a class that Allen Ginsberg taught at the Naropa Institute in 1988 on Improvised Poetics. Ginsberg instructs students in several writing and visualization exercises in order for them to engage mind and its structure and form. He also reads Kerouac's essay, "Essentials of Spontaneous Prose," and then discusses Kerouac and Neil Cassidy stories and techniques extensively with the class. The story of how "First thought, best thought" came about as a play between Chogyam...
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by Dorn, Ed
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This is the first class in a series taught by Ed Dorn during the summer of 1977. In this class Dorn mainly introduces himself and his relation with writing. Ludwig Wittgenstein , Spanish language, and notebook use are all discussed. There is also a Q&A that continues onto the next tape 77P002. This is a classroom series 1. This is part 1 of 2.
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by Wilson, Peter Lamborn
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First half of a lecture by Peter Lamborn Wilson. Wilson plays a few music CDs followed followed by a discussion of William S. Burroughs's book The Western Lands, Marco Polo, Caliph of Cairo, Mongol raids, Arthur Rimbaud and other topics. (Continues on 99P052)
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by Hawkins, Bobbie Louise
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Bobbie Louise Hawkins presents a lecture on the life and work of performer Colette.